November 23rd 2017
Andrius Arutiunian is an Armenian-Lithuanian composer and sound artist. His music explores the socio-cultural aspects of specific histories through their sonic artefacts, often dealing with ideas of identity, sonic appropriation and thresholds of noise and sound.
His works comprise of electro-acoustic pieces for chamber ensembles, sound installations and multimedia pieces, such as his composition on the decommissioned Visaginas Nuclear Power plant in Lithuania or recomposition of the NASA’s 1977 Voyager Golden Record, or his recent piece 600 Notes for documenta 14, Parliament of Bodies.
Arutiunian’s Armenian-Lithuanian background is also a strong influence on his work, compelling him to look into the layers of personal and shared histories through his music.
Based in The Hague (NL), Arutiunian works, performs, and teaches within both contemporary music and contemporary art contexts. He obtained his BA and MA degrees in composition at the Royal Conservatory The Hague under Yannis Kyriakides and Peter Adriaansz. He is a researcher and lecturer (Master Artistic Research department (KABK), Sedje Hémon Stichting).
He collaborates with various international ensembles (MAZE, Ensemble Klang, Nadar Ensemble, Slagwerk Den Haag, Synaesthesis and others) and visual artists, and frequently performs his own solo electronic and audio-visual sets in the Netherlands and abroad. Andrius Arutiunian’s works are published by Donemus.